Category: News

Hidden Rainforest Birds Tracked in 3D

Bird lovers from Beethoven to ornithology legend Luis Baptista thrilled to the vocalizations of rainforest birds. Now, scientists with high-tech listening technology are gaining a far deeper understanding of bird behavior from their songs. Read More…

Wednesday October 19th, 2016 in Birds, News, Research | Comments Off on Hidden Rainforest Birds Tracked in 3D

Wind Power Fiercer than Expected

University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States. The findings, published in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the […]

Monday September 26th, 2016 in Articles, News, Research, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Power Fiercer than Expected

Low-Cost Solar Device Converts Sunlight to Steam in Dusty Environment

A team of researchers from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a novel, low-cost solar thermal energy conversion system that can easily generate steam from sunlight. The solar conversion system can help make technologies that rely on steam, like seawater desalination, wastewater treatment, residential water […]

Thursday September 22nd, 2016 in Articles, Massachusetts, News, Research | Comments Off on Low-Cost Solar Device Converts Sunlight to Steam in Dusty Environment

Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Snowy Owls capture the imagination, but ornithologists know surprisingly little about how these birds of the far north fare during the harsh winters they endure. The researchers behind a new study inThe Auk: Ornithological Advances trapped and tracked Snowy Owls wintering in Canada and found that while age and sex affect the birds’ condition, most do […]

Friday September 16th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Dr. Hoots, News, Owls, Research | Comments Off on Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Habitat Needs of Nestling, Fledgling Songbirds

Both before and after they leave the nest, baby birds face a host of challenges. A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications examining songbird survival in the nestling and fledgling stages finds that even in the same habitat, different species face different risks and survive at different rates. Read More…

Wednesday August 10th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, News, Research | Comments Off on Habitat Needs of Nestling, Fledgling Songbirds

Female Birds Call the Shots in Divorce

Research is shedding new light on the causes of divorce in monogamous year-round territorial birds. A Monash University study of the endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren has discovered the females are calling the shots when it comes to breaking up. Published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, the School of Biological Sciences’ research studied 317 breeding pairs to learn […]

Friday August 5th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, News, Research | Comments Off on Female Birds Call the Shots in Divorce

Baby Songbirds Risks Out of the Nest

Baby songbirds in the nest face naturally tough odds. Unable to fly, they are easy prey for cats, snakes, and even other birds. But the perils don’t end when the young birds venture out from the nest. Now, new research shows that the risks baby migratory songbirds face in the nest are not necessarily the […]

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 in Birds, News, Research | Comments Off on Baby Songbirds Risks Out of the Nest

An Avian Ballet of 2,000 Illuminated Pigeons Streaks the New York City Sky

Artist and pigeon trainer Duke Riley recasts a reviled bird in a transformative light. The audience for the aerial pigeon show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard shuffled around the edge of the East River, balancing fish sandwiches and local beer, navigating stadium seating while facing a ship docked in Wallabout Bay. Two thousand Rock Pigeons […]

Monday June 13th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, New York, News | Comments Off on An Avian Ballet of 2,000 Illuminated Pigeons Streaks the New York City Sky